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Mayor promotes incorporating housing into Hamilton shopping malls

Mayor Fred Eisenberger notes that shopping malls are fully serviced and on transit routes, creating a chance to better use existing infrastructure.
Mayor Fred Eisenberger notes that shopping malls are fully serviced and on transit routes, creating a chance to better use existing infrastructure. City of Hamilton

Hamilton’s mayor envisions a different role for the city’s shopping malls.

Fred Eisenberger will present a motion during a committee meeting on Wednesday at city hall that would make it easier for developers to build apartments and condos within commercial developments.

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Eisenberger says the move “could inject new life into shopping malls, which have been hit by the trend toward online shopping.”

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At the same time, he believes it would “create new housing opportunities for seniors, down-sizing baby-boomers, and millennials” and “could also be a way to boost affordable housing.”

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The mayor stresses that shopping malls are already fully serviced and on major public transit routes, adding that “whenever we can make better use of existing infrastructure, it is a win-win for everyone, particularly property taxpayers.”

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